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Old 11-28-2008, 11:52 PM   #1
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Making some changes to my track car this winter. On the list.

Redoing the brake ducts to run through the frame rail.
Rewiring the car to remove excess connectors.
Replacing suspension with Koni 8611 Ground Control setup
Upgrading to STI front wheel bearings
Replacing the rear glass with lexan
building a custom dash out of Carbon Fiber (NASCAR Style straight dash)
Redoing wide front fenders
Replacing bent suspension components from failure of JIC strut.
There's some other stuff on the list and I'll add to the thread as I go along.

Got some good work done today on the brake ducts and wiring.

New brake duct mandrel tube running through the frame rail.




This little guy will be at the head of the brake ducts.


Dash apart, cross bar out, heater core out, and wiring harness loom removed. Wow, that's a lot of wire



More wires and newly gutted rear doors.


Removed the rear glass without breaking it. Will use it to make a template for the lexan.



I've had nightmares a lot like this.


After a few hours work. I guess I won't have to buy wire for awhile.




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Old 11-28-2008, 11:52 PM   #2
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The result. Much less wire, although I need to tape it all back up.


Painted the rear knuckles. They're ready to accept new bushings and wheel bearings. I replace the rear bearings once a season to be safe.


New fender to replace the one I tore up during a nasty off at VIR Grand East.
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Old 11-29-2008, 12:38 AM   #3
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The pictures remind me of my project when I was cutting my wires off my STi. I had like a big garbage bag full of wires. Here's one of the picture below:

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Old 11-29-2008, 11:23 AM   #4
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those wires give me a flashback to doing my first swap

as usual, keep us posted duncan

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Old 11-29-2008, 04:28 PM   #5
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subscribed - I've always wondered how that sectioning was done on fenders. Makes perfect sense now that I see it. Inspiring! Where was your off on grand east? I love that layout.
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Old 11-29-2008, 04:43 PM   #6
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I`ve always loved your car! I want your brake ducts so badly! Looks great so far! 6 spd?
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Old 11-29-2008, 05:41 PM   #7
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Very nice as usual.
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Old 11-30-2008, 12:45 AM   #8
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I'll do a proper update tomorrow night with pictures but we got a lot accomplished today.

Wiring is re-loomed and back in the car. It's amazing how little is left of the harness.
Dash bar and steering column are back in the car.
Major fabrication on brake ducting is complete. Still have some minor trimming to do and need to make a bracket to hold the duct fans.
Damaged CCW Wheel boxed up and ready to be shipped out to Florida on Monday
Cleaned the garage.

-Duncan

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Old 11-30-2008, 09:53 AM   #9
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Add a dash bar to the cage while everything is out of the way.
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Old 11-30-2008, 05:18 PM   #10
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Subscriiiibed.

Looks like fun. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 11-30-2008, 11:12 PM   #11
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As promised, here are the pictures from the end of the weekend.

Shot of the passenger brake duct prior to final trimming


Brake duct inlets prior to trimming


Another shot of the brake duct


Bracket for blower fan


Blower fan mounted


Close up of the bracket




Painted with POR paint





Whiteline lateral links to replace bent stuff from broken JIC suspension

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Old 11-30-2008, 11:12 PM   #12
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Cleaned up wiring harness. Still need to wire back in the gauges and add switches for the ignition, wipers, and headlights. It's amazing how little of the harness is left. We also moved the forward wiring harness out of the fender wells. I had actually rubbed them with the tire during a track event this summer.



Starting to mock up a dash


That's all for about two weeks. I'm off to Iowa and Wisconsin to visit family.
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Old 11-30-2008, 11:15 PM   #13
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Damn dude, that's super super nice. Can't wait to see the finished product.
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Old 11-30-2008, 11:17 PM   #14
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wow.

really impressive build!
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Old 11-30-2008, 11:37 PM   #15
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Is that dash bar a separate piece from the cage?
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Old 11-30-2008, 11:47 PM   #16
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well done sir. going to stay tuned on this one.
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Old 11-30-2008, 11:58 PM   #17
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WOW, even more impressed!!!
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Old 12-01-2008, 12:07 AM   #18
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looking great! very innovative.

you'd be a great candidate for thermal dispersant coating on items like your brake hats, intercooler, radiator, etc.

one of our guys in the shop put our dispersant on his neon's oil pan and no he cant even get his car to get up to temp lol

we'd probably be able to work something out with the coating. hit me up on pm with you are interested dunk.

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Old 12-01-2008, 01:04 AM   #19
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Awesome work.
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Old 12-01-2008, 12:18 PM   #20
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awesome!
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Old 12-01-2008, 01:15 PM   #21
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can't wait to see the dash..diggin the car alot!
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Old 12-01-2008, 01:21 PM   #22
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Looking good, did you weigh all of the wiring you removed?
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Old 12-01-2008, 10:37 PM   #23
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The brake ducting is a great solution - I've always looked for ways to replace soft plumbing with hard lines - just one less thing to think about on track or in the pits.

Any idea how much the wiring weighed?

Looking forward to the rest of the updates.
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Old 12-02-2008, 01:37 PM   #24
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Wow! What a mess to start with. Looks good, so much more simple and clean!
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Old 12-02-2008, 02:57 PM   #25
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Are you going to reuse the stock cluster?


also do you think you'll be able to answer what is likely to be 3 pages of questions when you return?
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